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post #11 of 17
I would agree with Robilar, I had to make a similar choice as the OP. My old Q6600 died, and the Core i7's just came out. Sadly I couldnt justify buying really unproven i7 hardware, which pretty much means replace entire backbone of my rig... CPU, Board, and Mem. Over thanksgiving ended up with a Q9550 and a 780 FTW, and enjoying the stuffings out of it. So its your choice in the end, but my vote would go with the 775 set up. I havent seen any real big jump like it did from the Pentium D's to Core 2 Duos. Sure memory bandwidth is great, doesnt really translate into real world performance or noticable ones at least. Perhaps when software make use of the hyperthreading, then the i7's would really massively shine. But now.. or at least next 2 years.. hyperthreading use would be mostly be for media crunching, rendering, and the like.
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Bad example.. That got up to 82c, and I doubt that is quite stable. I don't think the OP is looking to buy a computer just to run benchmarks on air.
No I really don't care a whole lot about benchmarking on air. If that was my concern, I'd definitely want to invest in a wc setup and go a little deeper into my pockets for the build.

I pretty much only game and do normal everyday stuff, like office, some visual studio, surf the net, stuff like that.

I would like something I can tool around with for a nice comfortable OC, and I want to be able to use this computer for a good four years or so, with minor upgrades where needed. I really would like an E8600, as there is pretty much no need for four cores for me right now (let alone 8), but I'm afraid games are going to begin to utilize all four cores soon, which would make me regret the 8600.

The 8600 is my favorite processor though. But the 9650 gives me a little more comfort as far as the future is concerned.
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post #13 of 17
rage,

The Q9650 just went down price tag wise, I wouldnt doubt for a second the direction of most games to be released would utilize multi core cpu's as well as gpu's. With intel/AMd, along withe nvidia/ati pushing the direction is down the quad core arena. (And its incorrect to say that the i7 is an 8 core system, just runs double the thread per core. Just something i dont like when people insist they are 8).

Vista alone makes decent use of the multi core pass 2, offloading threads from one core to another. Im sure a C2Q would not be a bad investment, though i wouldnt stop you if you prefer the E8600. As Its not a bad choice either way
post #14 of 17
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Yeah I know there aren't really 8 cores in the i7, and I know it doesn't function as 8 cores, but the thought of double-threading cores i might not even use in the first place... Well, seems like overkill.

Basically, the only high performance I need is for gaming. I am sure games will start utilizing more than two cores in the future, which makes me think the 8600 would be an unwise decision. But I'm just unsure how much of a hindrance it would be to only have two cores. If the loss is negligible, I would just rather get the e8600. However, if I'm going to be severely hampered by not having four cores, it just makes sense to get the 9650.
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post #15 of 17
Rage,

It now boils down to, how much you multi task. If you have alot of other programs running behind while gaming, the C2Q would definately be a better pick. But if you have no other programs or your multi tasking work is light, and going with a C2D would be much better pick since you be able to clock em much higher. Your faced with the same issue i had when the first C2Q's came out. So you can definately use that as your final guide to decide which it would be. I good measure would be clocking your E8600 higher to achieve partity in someways to the Q9650 in multi tasking. But you can never go wrong with either both as awesome picks! Rock on !
post #16 of 17
futureproof it.. so go for i7
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post #17 of 17
I'd still ask you to go for the i7 though as beyondPC said: futureproof. You won't be facing a lot of problem if you plan to upgrade it in the future
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